Global healthcare first as wireless environmental sensors are installed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital


Devices from Drayson Technologies to be piloted in intensive care units

CW+, the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has announced a new partnership with Drayson Technologies to launch the first pilot of wireless environmental sensors in the intensive care units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The announcement was made on Wednesday on the Digital NHS stage at the Healthcare Efficiency through Technology show at Olympia London, where CW+ presented seven of its digital health innovative projects currently being implemented at the trust.

This latest project, co-ordinated by Dr Lawrence Petalidis, head of innovation and impact at CW+, in partnership with Drayson Technologies, will pilot Drayson’s wireless, temperature and carbon monoxide sensors in both the adult and neonatal intensive care units.

These sensors will allow for near-real-time monitoring of room temperature and carbon monoxide concentrations, a metric of air quality.

The pilot forms part of CW+’s Critical Care Campaign to raise £10m to significantly expand and redevelop both the adult and neonatal intensive care units at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

This campaign will enable the hospital to treat 700 more critically-ill adults and babies every year in state-of-the-art facilities with a leading patient-centered design, providing the best environment, facilities and technologies for patients and their families.

Drayson Technologies’ environmental sensors will feature throughout these new units enabling staff to monitor the environment.

The pilot forms the first part of CW+’s plans to create a ‘sensor-rich environment’ that is anticipated to have a significant impact on critically-ill patients’ wellbeing and their recovery.

Zoe Penn, medical director at the trust, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Drayson Technologies to pilot this truly-innovative technology in our intensive care units.

“Together with our charity, we want to create the best-possible environment for healing and being able to monitor the environmental conditions in near real-time will be crucial in achieving this.”

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The pilot is due to start in the next few weeks.